Pawlenty talks 2012
Republican candidate for governor of Virginia, Bob McDonnell welcomed yet another potential candidate for president to the commonwealth on behalf of his campaign. Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty is on many GOP short lists as a potential opponent to Barack Obama in 2012.
Pawlenty is spending quite a bit of time in swing states like Virginia and raised the suspicion of presidential candidate handicappers when he decided to pass on the opportunity to run for re-election.
Today in Richmond, Pawlenty raised some money for McDonnell and then was part of a press event that was intended to showcase the republican’s pro-business background. After a few brief remarks by both the candidate and his guest, the press event became dominated by a few reporters on very specific topics and Pawlenty basically became a wallflower.
Fortunately, we were able to catch up with the Governor as he was leaving, to get his take on Wednesday night’s address by President Obama to a joint session of Congress and whether or not he thinks that Obama’s early performance in office could make him vulnerable to a challenge.
For the record on the question of if he plans to run for president:
“I’m focused on finishing out my term as governor, helping out the Republican Governor’s Association, and also doing things that I think will help my party improve, both in Minnesota and around the country.”